Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Giveaway & Guest Post: Hellhole by Gina Damico

I am so happy to join Rockstar Book Tours in their blog tour of Hellhole by Gina Damico. Today, the author, Gina, joins us with a guest post!

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
386 Pages

A devil is a bad influence . . . 

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. 

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.

Tour Schedule:
01/05/2015 - Xpresso Reads - Guest Post
01/05/2015 - Fiction Fare - Spotlight
01/06/2015 - Paranormal Book Club - Guest Post
01/06/2015 - Two Chicks on Books - Spotlight
01/07/2015 - A Dream Within A Dream - Review
01/07/2015 - Book Jems - Guest Post
01/08/2015 - BookHounds YA - Interview
01/08/2015 - YA Midnight Reads - Dual Review
01/09/2015 - Novel Novice - Guest Post
01/09/2015 - Consuming Worlds - Interview
01/12/2015- Once Upon a Twilight - Review
01/12/2015 - Book Sniffers Anonymous - Interview
01/13/2015 - No BS Book Reviews - Interview
01/13/2015 - The Best Books Ever - Review
01/14/2015 - Teen Readers' Diary - Guest Post
01/14/2015 - The Book Bratz - Review
01/15/2015 - Sweet Southern Home - Review
01/15/2015 - Eli to the nth - Review
01/16/2015 - Bad Bird Reads - Guest Post
01/16/2015 - Crossroad Reviews - Review

This tour-wide giveaway offers two winners a copy of Hellhole! It's open wherever The Book Depository ships, and ends January 21, 2015 at 11:59PM PST.

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A Note from Gina: 
Hey there book fans! I'm running a Follow Frenzy giveaway over the course of this blog tour, and the prize is pretty neato: a signed copy of HELLHOLE wherein each chapter will have a little bit of trivia and/or a doodle handwritten by yours truly. (Gina) (Damico) To enter, all you have to do is follow me on one or more of my various social media outlets (TwitterFacebookTumblrInstagramYoutube), then fill out this adorable little form: . That's it! The more things you follow, the more chances you will earn to win. Good luck!

In HELLHOLE, Max commits a tiny little, insignificant-in-the-grand-scope-of-things sin. A sinlet, if you will. Yet even this teensy transgression is big enough to summon a devil, and if this were really the way things worked around Hell, I’ve got news for you: I’d have popped up a satanic being loooong ago.
Specifically, at the age of six.
It was lunchtime. We first-graders were hungry and cranky and jonesing for our milk cartons. But on that fateful fall day, for whatever reason, there was a delay. Rather than lining up outside the cafeteria to buy our lunches as we did every other day, we were brought inside the cafeteria, sat down at our tables (boys at one, girls at the other), and told to wait.
And wait.
And wait.
The children became restless. The children became irritable. The children became outraged. And so the children decided to invoke their constitutional right to organize and protest.
The boys sent one brave rabble-rouser to grab handfuls of plastic cutlery, which he passed out to the rest. They then started to bang them on the table, shouting “WE WANT FOOD! WE WANT FOOD!” Soon, the girls joined in. “WE WANT FOOD! WE WANT FOOD!”
But I, being of moral superiority, sat smugly by and shouted nothing, banged nothing. This was exactly the sort of thing kids would get in trouble for, and little six-year-old Gina DID NOT get in trouble.
As predicted, the boys immediately got into trouble. We were all allowed to eat our lunch, but afterwards we were marched right back to the classroom without recess and the boys got the lecture of a lifetime. They were in deep. They were to write essays about what they had done, and not get recess for the rest of the week.
But I, being of moral superiority, saw the injustice in this. And so I raised my hand and proudly declared:
“The girls were doing it TOO.”
And with those six little vindictive words, I went from conscientious objector to all-out prison snitch, and was accordingly shunned by my peers for the rest of the year. What made me do it? What made me open up my trap and get ALL of us punished, including me?
Obviously: evil.

Thanks for having me!

I have been looking forward to reading Hellhole for what feels like forever, and I know that (as soon as I have money) I'll be headed to my local bookstore to pick up a copy! Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for letting Book Jems host a stop, and to Gina for the hilarious guest post!

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